Glass Aquarium Terrarium

@EvrWonder (3577)
Canada
February 23, 2010 7:32pm CST
So much fun! Guess what I did this week end? I built myself a terrarium. It was a lot of fun and something that I was planning on doing for some time now. I was so excited and still am. Right now I just have my Echinacea seeds in there and some seedlings. My sister started me some cone flower in hers so I thought I would try some myself. The terrarium is under the lights that the other seeds and seedlings are under at this time. Tomorrow I am going to be cutting the glass for the lid. Then, since I did some research, i found that I can add my own lighting as well, so this will be the next undertaking. For now it is doing good where it is at. I have the back and sides tin foiled so the light bounces back. I have learned that a terrarium should not be placed in the direct sunshine as this can fry the plants inside, since it can heat up quite a lot. How about you? Have you ever made terrariums? What have you planted in them and what kind of terrariums have you made? How are they doing and what do you think of terrariums? I just love them. They are a lot of fun to build and even more fun to watch getting on well. When we were kids, we used to make terrariums out of almost anything that we could see through. Somethings, like bottles are far more challenging but a lot of fun. I think that the layered earth looks very cool.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I have never done one but it sounds like a lot of fun! I bet it is beautiful. I am not the most gifted gardner..lol..but I like to try things and I love plants. Now if I can just keep them alive, I'll be doing good. Maybe I'll try to make one.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
4 Mar 10
It is. There are some neat variations. If you check my comments above, I have posted some helpful links, talking about terrariums. You can make a terrarium out of many things, not just aquariums. Find something that has a lid. Right now, until I get the glass cut, I am using saran wrap as a lid on my aquarium terrarium and is working just fine. I have the seedlings and seeds that are yet to sprout in it and seems to be working well. Once that is done, I am going to dive in and build me a full fledged terrarium. looking so forward to it too :D That's be neat if you made one too. Just don't fuss with the plants too much and you should be fine. Once you have it set up, you don't have to water it because the condensation builds up and drips down, providing enough moisture. I have read not to put the terrarium in direct sunlight as it can scorch the plants. Most of all, just have fun. Thank you for your response. PS: Today I seen this really neat wide and round mid size vase and I thought to myself, that would make a neat terrarium. Now I am thinking that with a container like that, who needs a lid? A neat little plant in there with layered soil would look nice and without a lid, it could be watered like one would regular planted houseplants. Ideas.. Cheers!
@eileenleyva (10964)
• Philippines
24 Feb 10
Wow, you must be so happy. I have bought an aquarium ages ago hoping I could make a terrarium for in-door decoration. However, I still do not know how to assemble the stuff. But since you expressed so much fun there, I will seriously attend to mine. Your fun fever is contaminating, ha ha!
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
4 Mar 10
Hi eileen, Thank you for your response. It is fun and am happy with my aquarium. I haven't set it up with soil and plants as of yet since I am using the tank for seedlings and seeds for right now. It is fun to check them each morning. Oh yes, the seeds are sprouting and the seedlings are growing strong. There are many resources, especially online on how to set up a terrarium. It is really quite simple, without any hard fast rules, except to Enjoy and have Fun however ;) I will leave you with some links that I have found helpful. Perhaps they maybe helpful to you as well so to have your terrarium set up soon. I have not read all on this page but what I have has been useful; Create a miniature world in a terrarium http://www.thegardenhelper.com/terrarium.html I particularly enjoy this link because it concerns using lights which I want to do. The Carnivorous Plant Terrarium -a builder's guide- http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq6010c.html Aquarium Terrarium http://fun.familyeducation.com/childrens-science-activities/plants/56209.html
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I used to have a terrarium. It was round, about two feet in diameter and sat on a base on the floor. That was WAY back in the early 70's. I grew foliage plants in it. I had it so long that I had to replace many of the plants because they grew too large. I have no idea what happened to it. I guess it got lost or left behind during one of my moves. Now, I have a 75 gallon aquarium in the basement, not doing anything. I had my turtles in it but, when we moved here, I let them go free in the lake. Now, it's just sitting there. I've thought about turning it into a place to start seeds and just may do that this year. I just don't have room to move that big thing into the livingroom or diningroom. It has to stay in the basement so turning it into a terrarium wouldn't be as much fun. I'm glad you're having fun with yours! I wish you luck! When they start growing, you'll have to take a picture and show us!
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
1 Mar 10
We had terrariums years back as well. We would use all sorts of glass containers. Was a lot of fun as far as I remember. We would layer different types of soil. It looked super cool. I grew the tropical foliage plants in them as well. Whatever small plants I could find. Yes, we would have to replace plants too when some got far too large for the container. Oh yes, the Echinacea seeds do great in a fish tank terrarium. Great way to start seed, just don't put the tank in direct sunlight. I have mine in the back of my light table. The table I have the seeds starting on with the grow lights. Right now, that is all I am using it for. I have been researching terrariums and have learned some neat stuff. You can add lights as well but must use a fan for obvious reasons. I seen one huge take with a glass lid, a fan for cooling and then a few lego blocks set atop the glass top and the whole lighting fixture placed on top of the blocks. (Lighting tubes rest on the blocks) They used lego because they wont melt. A tid bit of info I will be keeping handy. I have more lights to wire up with a plug and switch. They came out of a fixture. Thanks for the luck. I am doing seeds now as I said but once they are done and I set it up, with soil and plants, I will be sharing pictures. In the meantime, I am keeping my eyes open for more tanks at garage sales and second hand stores. I also read something about the sealant. To be sure the tank doesn't leak. Now isn't that a no brainer? lol